Nov
13
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by jaruszewiczc on 13-11-2013

We polled our student staff earlier this year and they indicated a high level of interest in professional development, specifically learning more about how children learn through play and the constructivist approach we use at ECDC to promote self-regulation of children’s behavior. So Dr. J, who is a SC certified trainer through the Child Care Career Development Center, developed two workshops on this topic and invited ECDC student staff to attend. We also had students from Dr. Reid Adams’ class and we will use these workshops for future orientation activities with newly hired students each semester. It was clear from the enthusiasm among the group their emerging professionalism and understanding the importance of life-long learning!P1010814P1010813

Nov
13
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by jaruszewiczc on 13-11-2013

One of our SOEHHP friends is Susan Flynn, whose area of expertise is “Action-Based Learning,” understanding how physical activities promote brain development. Susan brings her students to ECDC for practicum experience designing and implementing ABL activities with children. She also works with the WINGS after-school program at Memminger. On Wednesday, she brought kindergarten and first graders from MGS for ABL with the ECDC Butterfly children. It is great to see the enthusiasm and skills she brings to both the kids and the CofC students!P1010816P1010817

Nov
11
Filed Under (Community) by jaruszewiczc on 11-11-2013

This morning we enjoyed a visit from Gina Prevost and Hanna Attafi’s Meeting Street Academy third graders. They are doing a service project that focuses on adding something to their own playground to support imaginative play for the MSA preschoolers. So they have been doing online research and field work, collecting data about how preschoolers play and what kinds of imaginative play they engage in outdoors. They spent about an hour observing our two and three year olds playing outside and then interviewed six of our 4/5K children in an impromptu “panel” discussion. Hopefully they left with some good ideas and a bit of insight about what they might want to do at their own school. Coincidentally, Hanna is an ECDC alumnus & former TA, so it was really great to see her again! IMG_2346

Nov
01
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by jaruszewiczc on 01-11-2013

Friday Afternoon on the PlaygroundToday was a good day and a very busy one outside. We had a chance to share and talk with visiting teachers from Meeting Street Academy and the Cooper School for a good part of the morning. Then Paty Cowden showed up! Our head Groundskeeper, Paty knows what we are working towards for our outdoor classroom/playground and today she brought a pick-up truck full of small logs (AND a deer skull, but that’s another story). The kids spent the better part of the rest of the day trying to figure out how to move them and what they could do – when we add new “parts” to the outside area, the first day is always very interesting, as we don’t usually give the children advance warning; whatever it is just “appears,” and then we observe a lot and follow the children’s lead to add other materials, help them extend their ideas, etc. They managed to get two logs from the back of the playground to the Rock Pond, and then proceeded to construct a “lizard trap,” using a toy duck as bait (after Anna told them they could under no circumstances use live ladybugs….)They dragged the remaining logs (except for one that isn’t going anywhere for awhile without some additional ingenuity) to the area in front of the archaeology center and built what they named a “log pond.” A great deal of time was spent arranging, re-arranging, and walking over, under, around the logs so as not to fall into the “water” where the boulders were.

Separately, the wooden boxes were also being heavily used as the children figured out how to make a sliding board out of them. Then, we heard music out in the parking lot, and a few of the children begged to investigate – so Ms. Jane took them out there to see what was going on – the fraternity boys were practicing a routine and that was interesting, indeed!

Our jack-o-lanterns are now outside so the children can observe what happens to them over time, and Ms. Jane ended the day with a story at the gathering wall.

When we post a collage, if you double-click the image, it will reopen full-screen for better viewing….

Nov
01
Filed Under (4/5's, curriculum) by jaruszewiczc on 01-11-2013

P1010847P1010841So, why do we love pattern blocks? For one thing, they provide a window into a child’s organizational thought processes, something even the most articulate five year old may have difficulty explaining. As five children worked together this morning, each starting from a different side of the hexagonal table top that we use for pattern work, you can see that the characteristics of their work varies considerably – what we notice is where they start, how they decide on a pattern to replicate, what colors or shapes they choose, and how they decide to build the pattern (e.g., from left to right, top to  bottom, center-outwards, etc.) In this particular work session, once the children’s patterns began to merge together with those belonging to the other children, problem-solving initiated. Questions/comments heard included, “What will we do when we run out of room?” I know, I’ll go UP! (as she started to replicate the same pattern in a second layer laid upon the first); all wanted to have the choices they had made represented, so at the end, the center of the working surface was covered in a more informal way, with blocks place near, but not necessarily directly adjacent to the next, some piling of pieces upon one another, but deliberate and intentional consensus among the group about when it was finished to everyone’s satisfaction.

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